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After watching that Dior video about the making of the latest couture collection, I have a new respect for beautifully pleated garments. I think that may have been what initially drew me to the Georgia Hardinge showcase at London Fashion Week. Her collection, titled ‘Fragment’, features some stunningly and innovatively pleated styles blended in with sharp cut and graphically detailed pieces. This collection feels both tough and uncompromising as well as soft and subtle. It’s that brilliant contrast that drives this young British designer’s signature take on modern femininity.
We asked Georgia about the inspiration behind “The fragment collection” and here’s her response:
Although Lily Kamper only graduated from the RCA in 2012, she has already established a brand with a confidently embedded aesthetic. This jewellery label is understatedly luxurious, blending transparent and coloured resins and crystal with metal to create symbolic feeling geometric shapes. The crisply sculpted character of her signature pendants seem both utterly modern and equally somehow ancient. For us we think the best description may be ‘a hybrid of rave culture meets new age crystal healer via ancient Egyptian monoliths’. Yeah, you know that old chestnut! Oh, and we LOVE Lily’s nail art too.
As our rather diverse description suggests, Kamper’s work is unique and innovative. We at Blink London are confirmed fans. For the SS’15 collection that we saw at London Fashion Week, she has added in some new elements like this earcuff, showing us how her aesthetic translates brilliantly into finer, smaller pieces.
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We do love a new label, and although Jena.Theo is not strictly brand new (they won the Fashion Fringe award in 2009), they had escaped our attention until this February’s LFW show at Somerset House. Founded by Jenny Holmes and Dimitris Theocharidis, who met at the London College of Fashion in 2002, Jena.Theo is the result of their combined creative skills and experience in design and buying, as well as their diverse backgrounds blending British and Greek influences.
What first attracted us to their AW’14 collection was the brilliantly bold pattern combinations and the diversity from denim through to structured, dramatic dresses. Much of the pattern is due to O.Two, aka James Carey, a graphic artist/ illustrator who joined the team in 2011. Romy, the Jena.Theo studio assistant, showed us through the collection which actually comprises of three parts- Pre, RTW and Denim. The pre-collection featured gorgeous tropical, brightly coloured pattern that was reflected in the mainline RTW, which diversified into wonderful metallic finishes, graphic lines and more structured base cloths. The denim offer works with the rest of the pieces, but is a separate and complete entity showcasing clever cutting, great finishes and cool graduated colour effects.
Already internationally stocked in prestigious stores Jena.Theo has made an impression on the fashion world, and we think this collection may be the one to bring this creative and innovative label into the general fashion crowd’s consciousness. I’ll be slipping into some of their AW’14 pieces as soon as they drop into Wolf and Badger or pop up at ASOS and Young British Designers.
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This new London label, 1205, is a really interesting one for many reasons. Firstly, it’s been founded my St Martins graduate, Paula Gerbase after honing her creative skills working on womenswear at Hardy Amies and then as Head Designer for Savile Row tailor, Kilgour. The next thing that I really like about this label is that it feels very utilitarian, however it is still incredibly refined, tailored, considered and sophisticated expressed through a really subtle and selective colour palette. Finally, the collection works for men and women. Some items are exclusively for men, and some for women, but then there is a section of the offer that is unisex- or perhaps better explained as flexible enough to appeal to either sex, and look good on whoever chooses to wear it.
As there’s something of a sexual revolution taking place right now (men modelling as women, women modelling as men, the androgynous look feeling really appealing etc etc) the emergence of more labels or collections offering unisex, or non-sex-specific collections feels like the perfect way forward.
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We always find such incredible and exciting new accessory brads at London Fashion Week‘s Somerset House exhibition. As shoes are a particular weakness of mine, I was delighted to spot these rather gorgeous heels from Richard Braqo.
A graduate of Parsons in NYC, Braqo is producing his rather seductive footwear in the very best factories in Italy. He has previously collaborated on a sell out collection with Cesare Paciotti, as well as working with Acne Studios and Helmut Lang. His own label collection features super luxurious fabrications, stunning attention to detail and a subtle yet undeniably sexy handwriting.
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